CIA Running a ‘Number of’ Active Crypto Projects, Director Claims
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns has admitted that his agency has “a number of different projects focused on cryptocurrency” in progress – and claimed that his predecessor Gina Haspel had “started” the CIA ball rolling in the crypto sphere. What is more, the agency is feeding its crypto “information” to “other parts” of the American government, Burns said.
Haspel served as the CIA Director from 2018 until March this year, when Burns took over.
At a Wall Street Journal-organized event, Burns stated:
“This is something I inherited. My predecessor had started this, but had set in motion a number of different projects focused on cryptocurrency and trying to look at second- and third-order consequences as well and helping with our colleagues in other parts of the United States government to provide solid intelligence on what we’re seeing as well.”
Burns added that crypto could have an “enormous impact on everything from ransomware attacks,” because “one of the ways of getting at ransomware attacks and deterring them” is to be able to “get at the financial networks that so many of those criminal networks use and that gets right at the issue of digital currencies as well.”
Vice claimed that Burns’ admission was “hardly surprising given the focus ransomware is getting from every corner of government.”
On Twitter, some mused that the CIA could even have infiltrated social media groups and might be trying to exert a subtle influence over crypto community members.https://www.twitter.com/sayinshallah/status/1468071842648924162
Others quipped that the lure of crypto could prove too strong for some agents.
if the cia is anything like the fbi working the sr case, what prolly happened is that they put some agents on us to snoop but they quickly got too embroiled and betrayed the force to sell us monkey jpegs and avalanche ohm forks— Eric Wall (@ercwl) December 7, 2021
On Reddit, some speculated that the agency might have its finger in certain privacy coin pies, with one opining:
“[The] CIA definitely wants to know how money is being laundered and spent. So whatever coins that are advertising themselves as being ‘more secure than the rest’ are definitely CIA.”
Elsewhere on Reddit, another asked:
“Did anyone have any doubts that the CIA was into crypto?”
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